As several state-level entrance exams have been cancelled or deferred, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), as a one-time exception, has permitted business schools to admit students to MBA and PGDM programmes based on the results of their undergraduate (UG) exam.
“The move is a relief for those students who could not appear for the all-India entrance tests such as CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT and GMAT. Applicants will be considered for admission based on their undergraduate marks, only if there are vacant seats available as the preference will be given to the qualifiers of competitive exams,” says Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE.
J Philip, Principal Founder, Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) Bangalore, says that the relaxation may not have a major impact as most of the top institutes have already completed their admission process.
“The institute’s campuses in Chennai and Bangalore have already completed the admissions for the academic session 2020-21. However, as many as 5 students have been admitted in MBA programme based on their class X, XII and UG marks, followed by a rigorous zoom interview. Institutes that will follow this relaxation for the remaining seats will have to make their interview process robust and comprehensive,” says Philip.
However, MBA programmes offered by universities do not require AICTE approval and do not have to follow the council’s guidelines; the announcement may influence their admission process for 2020-21 admissions. Following the suit, universities that usually conduct their separate entrance exams for MBA admissions are considering the option MBA admission based on UG marks.
“Given the crisis due to pandemic, this could be one criterion but there are other ways to admit students such as proctored entrance tests. But not many universities are equipped with the technical infrastructure to organize national-level proctored tests. With AICTE’s guidelines, we are also considering a similar approach as we are also unable to conduct the CET, but the final decision is yet to be taken,” says Naushadul Haque Mullick, professor, Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).